Sunday, June 3, 2018

What A Severe Thunderstorm Looks Like

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Lake County, Ohio – and we certainly got a severe thunderstorm. There was the sound of continuous thunder for many minutes before the rain came. When the rain arrived, it was with high winds and lightning, but the sound of the thunder was drowned out by the sound of the rain. Here’s a video I took from inside my garage, hoping I would stay dry. I got drenched! The rain and wind builds as the video progresses. Toward the end, the wind and rain was coming in straight at me so I decided it was time to stop recording.



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Thursday, January 18, 2018

An Icy Lake Erie

We’ve had bitter cold for what seems like forever this winter. Lake Erie is almost completely frozen, so we decided to visit Mentor Headlands Beach to see the large ice chunks which crowded the shoreline. The sun was bright, the wind stiff and bitter cold, and the ice was blinding. Still, it was an amazing sight to see the huge chunks of ice and the bit of sparkle as the sun bounced off them, making some look like giant diamonds. Here are a few photos.





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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Solar Eclipse 2017 (Partial) in Northeast Ohio

Yesterday, in Northeast Ohio, we had a partial solar eclipse. The total eclipse was just south of Ohio, so we experienced an 80% eclipse. It was still an amazing sight.  As the eclipse progressed, the sunlight dimmed and the air cooled slightly.  Here are photos and a 5 second time lapse of about 10 minutes of the eclipse. We had clear skies for the most part, and some high clouds moved in shortly after we reached out 80% maximum eclipse. We’re looking forward to the total solar eclipse that our home town will experience in April of 2024!










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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Looking for The Perseid Meteor Shower

I was out in the very early hours on August 12 and August 13, scanning the sky to spot the Perseid Meteor Shower. This year, I didn’t see any meteors, possibly due to the occasional high, thin clouds. I did see the Pleiades, and a nice bonus of a very brilliant Venus rising in the east. Here are two (meteor-free) photos.






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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Mossy Creek Lives Up To Its Name

We made a trip to Harrisonburg, Virginia to fly fish the nearby Mossy Creek. Mossy Creek certainly lives up to its name, the clear spring creek waters full of undulating moss. The day we arrived, we had a short time in the afternoon for my husband to fly fish the public stretch of the creek in Bridgewater. Sadly, the next morning we were inundated with 3 inches of rain and the creek quickly turned muddy. This sometimes does bring out the big fish, and my husband briefly had on the hook a monster rainbow trout. But as the rain progressed the waters simply became too muddy to fish. Still, we had a great - albeit wet - time! Here are photos and a short video.










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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

A Visit to Euclid Beach Park

The sky was brilliant blue and the temperatures were very warm, perfect for a walk around Euclid Beach Park, part of the Cleveland Metroparks. A script “Cleveland” sign has been installed which is a nice footnote to the Cleveland skyline off to the west. The beach was just freshly combed, which provided some interesting patterns. Of course, I was compelled to walk on that perfectly combed sand,  but at least I walked on the far end so as to not spoil the view for others. Here are a few photos.









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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Covered Bridge, Harpersfield, Ohio

We hadn’t been out to Harpersfield (in Ashtabula County) for a few years so we decided to take the drive to see the covered bridge which spans the Grand River. There were several people fishing off the bridge walkway, and several Great Blue Herons and Great Egrets were also trying to catch fish as well. After visiting the bridge, we walked downstream and found a nice spot to fish. Nearby there was a group of 7 belted kingfishers, which were also vying for those same fish.  It was a great morning to take in the natural beauty of the area! Here are a few photos.











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